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2009 Dodge Challenger Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2009 Dodge Challenger was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.7

While critics appreciate the Challenger's throw-back interior design, most concede that it's bland and boring. It does, however, feature comfortable seats and loads of cargo room.

  • "Climbing behind the wheel is a step back in time. The retro theme starts with the deep inset gauges and continues to the long dash and broad-shouldered hood. There's a bare-bones muscle-car aesthetic at work here, but it doesn't look terribly lively." -- Road and Track
  • "Challenger's cabin houses plenty of plastic, but everything is nicely assembled. R/T and SRT8 are available with chrome, faux carbon fiber, and other accents that help dress up the interior a bit. Overall, the ambiance is well ahead of the Mustang." -- Consumer Guide
  • "There's a faint echo of the original Challenger present in the 2009 version, but in total, the cabin is somber and dull, with only a few metallic trim pieces to spruce things up. There was certainly no effort to answer the Mustang or upcoming Camaro's retro interiors, but the Challenger at least provides good-quality materials." -- Edmunds
  • "The monotonous black dashboard and trim are a disappointment, not nearly as interesting as the exterior." -- Arizona Republic

Seating

Reviewers report that the Challenger's cabin is roomy with moderately comfortable seats, though its long doors and seat design hamper easy entry/exit. Altogether, it's designed to accommodate five passengers.

  • "The Challenger's cabin feels large because it is. It feels like a sedan when you're seated behind the wheel." -- Kansas City Star
  • "The standard cloth bucket seats were amazingly comfortable and supportive, and we arrived refreshed and relaxed, even after fighting the weather for five hours." -- Popular Mechanics
  • "Ample space for even larger and taller drivers. The aggressively bolstered seats provide long-trip comfort. The large doors are a pain in close parking situations, but offer easy entry and exit.  ... Challenger's rear-seat accommodations are quite good for a sporty car. Smaller adults may tolerate short trips, while kids will fit fine. Entry and exit are expectedly awkward." -- Consumer Guide
  • "It's physically a bigger car than the Mustang and it shows, with enough rear leg room for my 6-ft., 190-lb. frame; just don't ask me to sit there for long. On a side note, don't try getting into the rear from the driver's side, as that seat doesn't aid rear access like the passenger side does." -- Road and Track

Interior Features

Though auto writers appreciate the Challenger's easy-to-use navigation system, which runs through Dodge's uconnect multi-media interface, critics are noticeably silent about its other convenience features.

  • "The navigation system absorbs most audio functions, but mostly with good results." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The instrument cluster looks similar to that of the Chrysler 300. The optional navigation unit has a large LCD display that is easy to read and use." -- Kansas City Star
  • "The internal sound system is upgraded for 2009, now bundling true iPod integration and a 30-gig hard drive with the optional navigation system." -- Popular Mechanics

Cargo

The 2009 Challenger features 16.2 cubic-feet of trunk space, which leaves critics pleased.

  • "For a sports coupe, Challenger has impressive trunk space. Compromised by high liftover, the usefully deep trunk offers more room than many midsize sedans." --Consumer Guide
  • "At 16.2 cubic feet, the Challenger's trunk boasts impressive cargo capacity for this segment." -- Edmunds
  • "The trunk is the largest in its small class of competitors, according to Dodge, and the rear seat is a 60/40 fold-down that adds huge storage potential if and when you need it." -- Popular Mechanics

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